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The Hawaiian Serenaders

The Hawaiian Serenaders entertain


Richard Tom and Mele Fong perform professionally as the husband-wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders. They play 'ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites with a specialty in nostalgic boat days music. The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai'i born and raised.


Thursday, December 19 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Picnic for Poki "Hawaiian Style Christmas Concert" at Kaahumanu Church grounds, Wailuku.

The Hawaiian Serenaders entertain at Bailey House MuseumSONG SAMPLES - click on titles

Wedding Receptions
- Hawaiian Wedding Song, Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World
- Can't Help Falling in Love with You, Anniversary Song

Private parties
- Hawaiian songs: 'Ulupalakua, Ku'u Morning Dew
- Hapa haole songs (Hawaiian style music with English words):
Yellow Bird, My Little Grass Shack, Hukilau
- Local favorites: Maui Waltz, Dahil Saiyo, Sukiyaki
- Pop standards: In This Life, Hey Good Lookin'
- Jazz standards: Girl From Ipanema

Enjoy a video taken of The Hawaiian Serenaders and Ukulele Mele performing and teaching "La Bamba/Twist and Shout" during a free group 'ukulele lesson during Ukulele Mixed Plate event at The Shops at Wailea in 2015:

The Hawaiian Serenaders convey the song and look of old Hawaii in concert


Strolling to engage visitors with Hawaiian culture
• NCL’s MV Pride of Aloha inter-island cruise in Hawaii
• Grand Wailea Resort "Humu" Restaurant on Maui

Offering educational shows about the music of Hawaii:
• Hawaii schools, libraries, and senior centers sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

(Photo Gallery) (Past Events) (Hear the Serenade - for more audio clips)

Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m at Makawao Public Library. (Review)
Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at Celebration of Life at Piiholo Ranch, Makawao. (Review)
Sunday, May 12 Mothers Day at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital. (Review)
Fathers Day Sunday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital. (Review)
Thursday, August 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Dani's Hall, Wailuku. (Review)
Thursday, August 22 Pop & Jazz Ukulele Concert at 10:30 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center. (Review)
Sunday, September 8 Grandparents Day Concert at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital. (Review)
Saturday, November 9 at Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition in Kahului. (Review)

February 11. Na Hula Kupuna O Kaunoa fundraiser at Wailuku Community Center.
March 24. Richard Hoopii Celebration of Life at Maui County gym. (Review)
May 13. Mother's Day Concert at Kula Hospital. (Review)
June 9. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Lahaina Public Library. (Review)
June 17. Father's Day Concert at Kula Hospital. (Review)
June 21. Picnic for Poki (under the Monkeypod Tree) in Wailuku. (Review)
July 14. Story of the Ukulele and Concert at Makawao Public Library. (Review)
Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library. (Review)
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Public Library. (Review)
Saturday, November 10 at 11th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Kaahumanu Center. (Review)
Thursday, December 20 at 11 a.m. Hawaiian-Style Christmas Concert at Picnic for Poki in Wailuku. (Review)

January 21. Maui Business Brainstormers 5th Anniversary Party at Kamehameha Club. (review)
April 26. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Lahaina Public Library. (review)
July 1. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Lahaina Public Library. (review)
July 11. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Kihei Public Library. (review)
August 4. Dining music for Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat at Lumeria. (review)
October 12. Show and ukulele lessons for corporate event at Grand Wailea. (review)
October 14. Hula show for Women Helping Women event at Queen Kaahumanu Center. (review)
November 11. 10th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition (2 group performances). (review)
November 28. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Kahului Public Library. (review)
November 29. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Hana Public Library. (review)
November 30. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Wailuku Public Library. (review)


February 14 from 12-1 p.m. Keawala'i Congregational Church Silent Auction and Luncheon. (review)
April 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (review)
April 10 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (review)
April 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (review)
June 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Family Ukulele Lesson and Concert at Polo Beach Club, Wailea. (review)
September 16-17. Maui Marathon in Kaanapali. (announcement) (review)
November 12. 9th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition (2 group performances) (review).
November 17. Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert at Kaunoa Senior Center. (review).

January 7, 14, and 28 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
February 4, 11, and 25 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
March 7, Central Pacific Bank 10th anniversary celebration from 12-12:30 p.m. in Wailuku. (review)
March 11 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate. (Cancelled due to rain).
March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Queen's Festival at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. (review) (photos)
March 25 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
April 8 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
June 13 from 1-3 p.m. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Field in Olinda. (blog review)
June 28 from 12-1 p.m. Kokua I Ka Hale Pule (Ka'ahumanu Church benefit) at the Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (review)
September 18 at 2:30 p.m. and September 19 at 12:30 p.m. Maui Marathon Exposition at Westin Kaanapali Beach Resort. (review)
October 2 from 5-6 p.m. Kokua I Ka Hale Pule (Ka'ahumanu Church benefit) at Wailuku Community Center.
November 14. Maui Ukulele Guild Exposition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. (review)

PAST EVENTS 2014 - CD Released (Blog post)
Sunday, April 13. Sunday Brunch show as part of the Annual Steel Guitar Festival, 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Kaanapali Beach Hotel. (Reviews and photos).
Saturday, May 17. Ukulele Explosion aka Sam's Upcountry Jam and BBQ, Kalama School, Makawao. Event 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; we performed at 3:30 p.m. (Review).
Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Celebration of Bailey, Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (review).
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, Maui Marathon, Kaanapali. (review).
Saturday, November 8. Ukulele Guild Event, Queen Kaahumanu Center, Kahului.
Tuesday, December 9. Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce General Meeting, Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu.

PAST EVENTS 2013 (includes video highlights of the year)
Winter: (January - March 2013)
March 16. Queen's Festival (Serenaders and Jazz Trio) at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.
March 30. Ukulele Explosion (workshop and Serenaders show) at Kalama Intermediate School, Makawao.
Spring: (April - June 2013)
April 13. Education Center Grand Opening music at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Kahului.
April 21. Sunday brunch concert at Kaanapali Beach Hotel for Maui Steel Guitar Festival.
April 27. Maui Business Brainstormers Event (The Hawaiian Serenaders) at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, Lahaina.
Summer: (July - September 2013)
August 30. Concert "Ukulele Tour of the Hawaiian Islands" at Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska.
August 30-September 2. Homer Ukulele Players Event, Homer, Alaska.
September 1. Concert "Ukulele Mixed Plate: Hawaiian, Pops, & Jazz Favorites" at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK.
September 21-22. Maui Marathon (3 venues by The Hawaiian Serenaders) in Ka'anapali.
Fall: (October - December 2013)
October 11. Kaunoa Senior Center Ho'olaulea (Advanced class and Serenaders) in Spreckelsville.
November 15. The Hawaiian Serenaders Concert, West Maui Senior Center, Lahaina.